Lee Jae In is a rude, rich brat, whose grandfather forces him to become engaged to Kim Da Hyeon, a school teacher whom he has never met before. At first unhappy with the circumstance, Jae In soon begins showing interest in her.
Something About 1% is a great example of a remake done right as well as how a show can successfully cut out fillers and remain entertaining.
The remake has a couple of strengths: great acting and romantic chemistry, strong writing and a run time that allowed for a tight plot with little extraneous detours.
The story is fairly straight forward - a couple begins contract dating which eventually evolves into real love. There's obstacles involved but most of them involve realistic relationship problems (and yes there's the odd one that really only happens in dramas but they get resolved quickly and only further improve the loveline). The entire premise and focus is on the romance; and because of this so much hinges on the romantic chemistry between the leads and they definitely deliver. In fact, it's so realistic you have to wonder how much of it is reel vs real because it's sold that authentically.
The original show was fairly long-winded and dragged out but this is like the sweeter, cuter and infinitely better younger sibling.
A definite recommend for anyone who loves romance, romantic comedy or need something sweet and simple to tide them over.
It was so much better than the original, which was boring and long-winded.
In this remake, the story moves along at a crisp pace. Whether due to its status as a remake or the channel that produced it, the episodes are a little too short for my taste, averaging only around 35 minutes each. More time per episode would have allowed them to flesh out the plot more completely and dedicate some additional, well-deserved time to side characters. Due to its fast pace and abbreviated episodes, the overall feeling was somewhere between a web drama and a regular drama.
The best part was definitely the main couple, and a lot of time is spent on the development of their relationship. Although they followed the clichéd “dislike turns to like” pattern, the change felt natural thanks to their strong chemistry and Jae In’s insistence on showing affection as well as protecting Da Hyeon as his girlfriend. Also, it's a change that the audience is able to support because Da Hyeon is a strong and mature woman, who doesn't cave to threats or demands. Instead, she skillfully negotiates what she wants at all times, which makes her easy to like and respect.
Along with the main couple, I enjoyed the lawyer, best friend, and cousin characters; I wish we could have seen more of them. Tae Ha, especially, seemed like his character would have been very fun and interesting to watch with more screen time. Taking time from Jisu wouldn't have hurt my feelings because what I did see of Tae H, I liked immensely. He was a bit of an underdog character and one I expected to be a problem to the main couple, which is why I liked the unexpected twist in episode 12 when he supported Jae In rather than turning to the dark side of the force. Also, it was amusing to see his interactions with Hyeon Jin, which cemented him as a truly stand-up guy.
As for the technical aspects, I'm happy to say they consistently enhanced the performances. While there were a few scenes with sound problems, the sound quality was high. The music was also tasteful and underscored the appropriate emotions in each episode. There was a good balance of indoor and outdoor scenes, and thankfully, the lighting was fantastic in all of them. Costuming also reflected the style and position of each character without going overboard.
Final thoughts: l absolutely loved 1% of Something. It’s a solid, if short, romance that I could easily watch again without getting bored.